Fish Tracking System TM is
a fishing log system written for personal computers running Windows®
with SP2 or Vista operating systems. Ideal for anglers that want to keep
records of their fishing
and for competitive fishing game planning, it’s much more than a logbook
basic concept is simple. After each fishing trip you enter when and where
you fished, the weather
water conditions, patterns fished, and catch results by angler and species
of fish. Tournament
looking for an additional advantage can also enter the catch results of
the top finishers in each
You’ll soon have a database that can be analyzed to determine the best
lures, anglers, species, and so on. More about ‘what is best’
in a moment. The system is
by its main menu into three functional sections. They are Identification,
Fishing Log, and
The Identification section is where user-defined data elements are entered
once and stored. It is up to
to specify any or all of the following: Locations, sub-locations, angler’s
names, pattern elements
type, water flow, cover type, depth range, lure presentation, and lure
retrieve), species of fish,
name, lure color and lure size. This scheme supports any kind of fishing.
These data elements are
Location type, for example, can contain values for lake situations
indicating “Creek Mouth”,
of Slough”, “Main Channel”, “Creek Bend” and the like. Water
flow can be used to indicate tides
coastal locations, generating status for hydropower generating lakes, or
water volume for rivers and
They are all accessed in the fishing log by Windows-style, drop-down, list
The fishing log is where all the data representing your fishing activities
is entered into the system. You
by mouse-clicking the calendar icon to bring up the calendar window to
select a date. This
is perpetual and scrollable to any month, day, or year. The calendar also
information from a manual fishing log if you’ve been keeping one. The
Moon’s phase is instantly
and captured. The location fished is then selected from a list box.
Clicking the “Next” button
takes you to the next screen for the logical sequence of input. “Next”,
the exact area fished is selected. With the sub-location, the time, the
the water conditions are selected. “Next”, the anglers are selected.
“Next”, the pattern is selected
the selected angler used at the given sub-location. “Next”, the lure
and fish species information is
along with the quantity and weight information for that lure/species
combination. What the
really has here is a multi-dimensional database. For a date and location
there can be an
number of sub-locations. For each sub-location, there can be an unlimited
number of anglers,
so on, with patterns, species, and lures. To visualize it, think of an
organizational chart or tree
lying on its side.
is really a lot of detailed information that goes into the fishing log
database, much of it is optional.
the system performs a few tricks to make data entry quick and painless.
First of all, if a new lure is
or a new location is fished, it can be added on the fly. With the fishing
log opened, any data
added through the Identification programs will be automatically added to
the log entry.
all the data elements accessed through list boxes are sequenced by their
“last use” date for the
location. This puts the most recently used data at the top of the lists.
Lastly, with some smart
logic, a lot of the data is automatically entered for you. For example,
when a sub-location is
the weather and water conditions are loaded with the values last used for
the sub-location. Only
differences have to be changed. And, when a lure is entered, the color and
size last used is
loaded along with the species last caught and the presentation and
retrieve last used.
only the differences have to be changed.
addition to the structured information, the fishing log has a free form
diary for note taking or expense
and you can post your digital photos with a fishing log entry. If you’re
going on an extended
without your PC, the system prints fishing log input sheets that can be
used for recording your
for later input.
The Performance Analysis section is where the serious research is done.
Statistical summaries can be
by locations, sub-locations, angler’s names, pattern elements (location
type, water flow,
type, depth range, lure presentation, and lure retrieve), species of fish,
lure name, lure color, lure
year, month and moon phase. That list includes each Identification
category plus a few extras.
real power of this analysis becomes evident when Database Selection
Criteria is applied to filter the
to a particular portion of the database. Each field or data element in The
database can be used as selection criteria. For quantitative fields, like
water temperature or
pressure, you can select a range of values.
how it’s used. Say there’s a tournament coming up and you want to
prepare your game plan.
add to the selection criteria the conditions that you know will exist at
the time of the tournament.
might be the moon’s phase, water temperature range, barometric
conditions (weather front status),
date range ten days either side of the tournament date, and so on. Then,
run the pattern analysis
The pattern summaries are then displayed for the conditions you specified.
You will see the
weights, biggest fish, the number of fish and weight per visit, the number
of fish and weight per
and more by pattern. Now, here’s where ‘what is best’
comes into play. If best for you is which
produces the biggest fish, click the Biggest Fish column-heading button
and the patterns are
to show the best pattern for the biggest fish first in the list. Click the
Average Weight button and
are sorted in best average weight sequence. If you’re just taking a
youngster fishing and want to
plenty of action, click the Number of Fish button and the pattern
maximizing the number of fish
will be displayed first. Once you’ve selected the top patterns, you can
add the pattern to the
criteria and perform the Lure analysis to show which lure works best given
that pattern. The
Analysis output can be displayed on the screen or printed. Color-coded
charts and graphs
the results can also be displayed or printed. With eighteen different
by the database selection criteria, there are virtually an unlimited
number of queries that can be